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I don't know how exactly to describe being an online librarian creating a carefully curated library of ideas (we can also use the term blogger).
I will try with the following: It's like posting pictures on social media.
When you get likes, you feel good.
But it's not the likes themselves that make you feel good. It's the feeling of appreciation you get when others are seemingly engaged with your persona.
But since I don't have a social media account - OK, I do, but I don't use or open them - I get my sense of belonging in the online world in a slightly different way.
Probably you can guess how... when people become members of my site. That's one of the reasons I check my email so often. Since I get a new email every time there is someone new subscribed, I eagerly refresh my inbox.
I know, it might sound absurd. Yet, when someone subscribes - pays for becoming a member - it means that I did it. That my content is good. That someone somewhere in the world is finding value in what I'm doing. Hence, I feel valued.
So, you can probably imagine what's like when I don't often get new people as members. I feel depressed. I question my existence and whether I should keep doing what I'm doing.
Ok, to cut to the chase...
A few weeks ago, after an agonizingly long period of time without new people joining as members, I got one new.
It was a rainy day. A dark day. The grimness outside was in perfect correlation with what was happening inside.
Then I got a new email. A new member joined!
It was like a bright beam of light dissolving the gloomy upper layer in the sky and energizing my spirit. Finally, I mattered again!
But then I noticed something. The name of the person. The email. All seemed too familiar. I checked again and I saw that this person actually already had an active subscription - this email was for adding a second subscription.
You might think that this was good but, to me, this was clearly a mistake.
Why get a new subscription since you already have one?
My first thought was to issue a full refund and simply email the person that there is already a subscription active and there is no need for a second one. But then I decided to first email the person, explain the situation and then, once we're clear, issue the refund.
So I did... And the response literally blew me away. 🤯
I read it. Then I read it again. And then I read it again.
I was like listening to a damn good song on the radio for the first time and then finding it online and playing it for 24 hours straight.
What the person said is the following (and I'm including it here only after the person gave me permission):
"I meant to purchase another subscription to support your work. I was basically trying to donate a gift to you, but I didn't know how to. So I purchased another subscription. I would much rather invest in your work than spend it on something less valuable. Imagine how your child will grow up to be with you as their dad... I want to invest in that."
Thank you again!
1) Book summaries:
[NEW] The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk: The stories shared inside The Body Keeps the Score will shock you. The studies will enlighten you. The healing methods will give you hope and the power to push forward. In short, this book can help people conquer human misery.
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2) Book finds:
Interesting books I recently added to my reading list (and hopefully will read at some point):
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Joe Dispenza: You don't have to be a prisoner of a body (and mind) that's not a good fit. You can create your own reality. That's what Dr. Joe Dispenza is preaching in this science-based title.
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Charles T. Munger: This title comes highly recommended by a lot of famous CEOs. In short, the book describes how to make good decisions in any situation with a relatively limited mental toolkit.
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff: A classic text that aims that uncovers the principles and practical applications of Objectivism.
Interesting words from books and around the web:
Pollyanna (noun): An excessively or blindly optimistic person who has the tendency to find good in everything.
Selcouth (adjective): Unfamiliar, rare, strange, and yet marvelous.
Orenda (noun): A mystical force present in all people that empowers them to affect the world, or to trigger a change in their own lives.
4) Great thinkers:
Alice O'Connor, better known by her pen name Ayn Rand was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She is best known for writing the novels The Fountainhead, and the masterpiece Atlas Shrugged.
Big Idea: Objectivism
Objectivism is a philosophical system created by Ayn Rand with the following four characteristics: objective reality, absolute reason, individualism, and laissez-faire capitalism.
Here's a short breakdown of the four:
A person's existence is defined by the capacity to observe reality. Secondly, absolute reason states that facts, not emotions, should guide people. Thirdly, individualism recognizes that we should treat people as persons with independent thoughts and not use force to convince them of other things. In short, we are guided by the following "Will this make me happy?'' Fourthly, laissez-faire capitalism is about finding a legal way to capitalize your work/creations without violating the rights of other people or other people's pursuit of their own happiness.
A Letter to Our Future: While aimed at founders, this short letter perfectly describes how we commonly think (short-term) compared to how should think (long-term).
Why Am I Not Rich & Famous?: "Ask 100 ten-year-olds what they want to do, and I’d guess 99 of them will say something that’s related to becoming rich or famous: A musician, YouTuber, actor, NBA player, Elon Musk, and so forth."
6) Worth knowing:
When facing an existing system or when we come across something that doesn't seem particularly useful, we usually want to change/remove it. But Chesterton’s fence concept states that we shouldn't make changes until we understand the reason behind the system/idea - Why the thing (fence) we don't like is there in the first place?
The application of this idea can be used in various ways. For instance, when starting a new job, don't try to change everything from the get-go. First, understand why it exists. Or, when someone misbehaves, don't lecture them immediately - understand what causes the bad behavior.
7) Worth thinking about:
"A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind."
― Lewis Mumford
For ending, I'm including this insanely funny comic about taking compliments.
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